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Veteran's home destroyed by fire

Monday, May 26, 2008

A local veteran was not initially home when a fire destroyed his Brazil home around 11 a.m., Monday.

Brazil Fire Chief Jim Smith told The Brazil Times that Prentiss Frazier's house, 1113 North Harrison Street, was fully engulfed when firefighters arrived.

"Mr. Frazier lost everything, but thankfully he was insured," Smith said. "He's staying with a family member at this time, but the American Red Cross has been contacted to assist him. The Veterans' Association has also been contacted to help him replace medicine that was lost in the fire."

Because fire hydrants are limited on the east side of Brazil, Smith said members of Van Buren and Dick Johnson volunteer fire departments provided tanker trucks to help with water assistance during the fire.

A cause has yet to be determined, although Smith said the way the house burned leads officials to believe it is potentially an electrical problem.

"We've not had time to sift through the debris yet," Smith said. "It's been a busy weekend. I sure don't want anymore (fires) in the near future."

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What are fire hydrants limited on the Eastside? I am not sure I understand that! Isn't it in city limits?

-- Posted by madmom61 on Tue, May 27, 2008, at 10:29 AM

It means they are few and far between. There aren't enough of them on the east side of town. I think... don't quote me!

-- Posted by Southernized on Tue, May 27, 2008, at 1:01 PM

Why are you questioning the amount of Fire Hydrants only on the east side? What about all the areas in Clay County that don't have fire hydrants. The Volunteer Firefighters are trained for this type event and that is why the Volunteer Fire Departments have tanker trucks. I give thanks to the Volunteers and Career Firefighters for being there when we need them. Maybe the City Career firefighters need to work more with the volunteers to be more prepared for this type event. Remember the house could have still been a loss with a hydrant there.

-- Posted by beautiful978 on Wed, May 28, 2008, at 12:02 PM

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